Type 1 Diabetes

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Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease.

In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.

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Living With Type 1 Diabetes

There are many components to proper management of type 1 diabetes.

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Exercise & Type 1 Diabetes

With type 1, it’s very important to balance your insulin doses with the food you eat and the activity that you do.

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For Parents & Kids

Diabetes is a disease that affects the whole family, especially when a child is diagnosed.

Explore: Type 1 Diabetes

  • Insulin & Other Injectables

    Learn more about when, why and how insulin therapy works for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

  • Safe at School

    Make sure your child's school is prepared to handle diabetes.

  • Guide to Raising a Child with Diabetes, 3rd Edition

    An invaluable parenting tool, featuring the latest advances in diabetes care, plus parenting advice from diabetes experts. Learn to navigate through the normal activities of childhood and raise your kids to be strong, confident, and capable of managing their own diabetes care.

  • Hyperglycemia (High blood glucose)

    Watch for symptoms of hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) and learn how to treat it.

  • Hypoglycemia (Low blood glucose)

    Treat hypoglycemia (sometimes called an insulin reaction) as soon as possible.

  • Doctors, Nurses & More

    Work with your doctors to create the best treatment plan for you.

  • Sports & Recreation

    Exercise and physical activity are good for everyone and especially important for children with diabetes. Just remember to check blood glucose (blood sugar) often – before and after exercise.

  • Teens

    Being a teenager is hard enough, but throw in being diagnosed with diabetes and you have a special challenge.